New release of the Baha 5 Smart App!

The Baha 5 Smart App is fresh and updated!

The new version 1.0.1 was released on the App Store on December 23rd 2015, with these updates:

  • The Baha 5 Smart App v.1.0.1 is designed to maintain the connection between the sound processor and iPhone as long as the app remains active in the background
  • The app has also got a refreshed graphical interface and nine new languages (Portugese, Russian, Malaysian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Hebrew and Arabic) in addition to the already existing English, German, Italian, French, Dutch and Spanish

Remember that the sound processor needs to have a fresh battery and be within range of the iPhone in order to connect to your iPhone.

Should connection still be lost, the Baha 5 Smart App will automatically re-establish the connection once it’s brought up in the foreground.

 

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Read more on the Baha 5 Smart App page

Is the BP110 Power right for me?

The BP110 Power Baha Sound Processor

Question: So confused! I’ve been single-sided deaf all my life, for 42 years. My ENT recommended a Baha solution and now I can hear more than ever. My demo device is labeled BP110 Power. Is that 4 or 5? My research shows it’s 3. Is that right, if so why? I feel like, I can’t get answers. Maybe I don’t what questions to ask. So confused, scared and excited.
//Thanks Milissa

Answer: Dear Milissa.

It’s great to hear that the Baha BP110 Power allows you to hear more than ever before.

Our sound processors come in different levels of power. You are completely right that the BP110 Power is a generation 3 device. It is currently the most powerful device in our portfolio.

We also offer the Baha 5 Sound Processor (generation 5). It is significantly smaller than any comparable device today and also offers other advantages like wireless connectivity and direct streaming to iOS devices. Please be aware that this device isn’t as powerful as the BP110 Power.

In the near future, we will expand generation 5 with new and more powerful sound processors. Unfortunately, as a publically listed company, we are not able to disclose any specific information related to the commercial availability or scope of future products.

Your hearing healthcare specialist will be able to recommend what hearing solution is best for you based on your specific hearing loss.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Where can I purchase Baha accessories?

Question: I have been looking where I can find accessories such as the soft pads for my Baha 3 System and other accessories. Can you tell me where I can purchase them? Thanks. // Bayfield

Answer: Hi Bayfield – If you are in the United States, accessories for your Baha 3 System can be purchased at www.CochlearStore.com. If you are looking specifically for replacement of Softwear Pads, look under the Replacement Softbands section. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Cochlear Recipient Support at 800-483-3123.

~ Craig Salveta, Consumer Product Marketing Manager, Cochlear Americas

Do’s and Don’ts: Travel tips for your Baha sound processor

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Holiday season is coming up and just like every year it involves a lot of travelling for a lot of people.

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind while travelling with your Baha sound processor:

DON’T worry about the metal detectors at the airport – they will not damage your sound processor. In most cases you won’t even need to take it off.

DO remember to have the Security Control Card downloaded (available in the Baha Support App) to make the control process as smooth as possible.

DON’T forget to switch your Baha Sound Processor on to flight mode when boarding.

DO bring extra batteries, cleaning kit and a Dry Aid Kit, particularly if you’re travelling to humid areas.

DON’T leave your sound processor in heat or direct sunlight.

DO put it in a case to keep it safe when not in use.

Happy holidays!

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Musician needs help with Bluetooth streaming

Question: I am a musician and sometimes have to play in noisy environments. I would like to be able to hear the music we are performing through my Baha 4 Sound Processor. The noise of the crowd sometimes makes it difficult to hear what we are playing, which makes it very difficult to play. Will a Bluetooth transmitter, hooked up to our mixer’s headphone or phono jack, send the music we are playing to my Baha 4 without latency?

Which transmitter, a 3.5 or 4.0, will work best? I have a Phone Clip that I use with my iPhone. Will the Bluetooth transmitter connect directly with my sound processor or will I need to use the Phone Clip? How far away from the transmitter can I be and still get the sound in my Baha 4 Sound Processor?

Thank you in advance for your help. //Jamie

Answer: Hi Jamie!

You can use the Phone Clip and pair it with another Bluetooth device.  The Bluetooth specification used in the Phone Clip is Bluetooth 2.1. Does the mixer table have Bluetooth? If not, there is a way to solve this:

Since the mixer has a line-in jack/headphone jack, then you can easily use a Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and connect it with a jack cable. The Mini Microphone then has a 7 meters range from where it is placed to your sound processor.

If you would like to focus on the streamed music, discuss with your hearing care professional the option of programming your sound processor to only transmit the streamed audio from the Mini Microphone. This way the sound processor will not pick up any of the surrounding sounds/noises when the Mini Microphone is streaming audio. Another option is to program the sound processor to enhance the streamed audio with 6 dB to enable you to still hear the surrounding sounds.

When using the Mini Microphone, the latency is less than 20 ms.

~ Karin Humble, Senior Product Manager Wireless Accessories, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

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The Cochlear Wireless Mini Microphone and Phone Clip

Read more about the wireless accessories here

What’s the difference between “regular” Baha and Baha Attract?

Question: I was born deaf and wore two hearing aids for fifty years. Now I have 2 Baha sound processors. They are good , my ears are free at last! What I would like to know is what is the difference between a Baha and a Baha Attract? From what i can see is it magnetic rather than clipping it on.

Also – if the Baha Attract System is better, can I change to that? // Pam

Answer: Dear Pam.

Good to hear that your Baha sound processors work well.

The difference between the Baha Connect and Baha Attract System is the way that the sound processor attaches to the implant. In the Baha Connect System, that you are using, the sound processor snaps on to an abutment. In the Baha Attract System the sound processor is attached to a sound processor magnet. Another magnet is fixed to the implant under the skin and the sound processor is held in place on your head by the two magnets.

The main benefit of the Baha Attract System is that the implants are hidden beneath the skin making the system invisible when the sound processors are not attached.

The benefit of the Baha Connect System is that the direct connection maximises hearing performance.

It is possible to switch between the systems, but that requires another surgery to replace your abutment to the implant magnet, and it may provide you with a slightly different hearing experience (the skin will attenuate the sound slightly). This will of course require a thorough evaluation of the surgery and expected hearing outcome.

Always consult a hearing healthcare specialist who can recommend what hearing solution is best for you.

~ Fredrik Breitholtz, Head of Training and Clinical Communication, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

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Baha Attract user Destiny with and without her magnet